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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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94
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2,180 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,180
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 152
Gots: 181 | FT: 5
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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Photo of sk8man121
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into goblet.

A: Very nice looking beer - looks almost like coca-cola when held up to the light. Dark brown with ruby highlights, and a very thin head that recedes to the perimeter of the glass.

S: Black cherry, roasted malts, sucrose and alcohol. There is also some lite spice and vanilla. Smells like a barleywine...

T: ...which makes sense since it tastes much like a barleywine. Very sweet but not cloyingly, there is barely any hop profile to this beer at all. Taste is an extension of the smell, with black cherry being the dominant flavor.

M: Highly carbonated, and for good reason; any less carbonation and this would be like drinking syrup.

D: Although the genesis of this beer is labeled as "mistake," that's hard to believe considering how well put together this beer is. Everything works in harmony, making this a joy to drink.

Seek out and buy a case.

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured rather dark brown with a creamy, beige head. A light level of carbonation is visible and there is very good head retention.
S: There are aromas of malty sweetness and dark fruits along with some hints of bananas and alcohol.
T: The flavors of the complex taste follow the smell and the flavors definitely seem stronger and more like an intensified version of Aventinus. A slight taste of alcohol is perceptible, but doesn't stand out and detract from the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat thick yet still is smooth on the palate.
D: The alcohol content is rather well hidden so this beer is relatively easy to drink but is better to be sipped.

Photo of BobZ
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown, thick & rich appearance, again a very nice caramel head.

Smell: Again incredibly deep & malty, amplified Aventinus.

Taste: Near perfection in a wheat beer, again, simply excellent, the mother of all wheat beers. If you like Aventinus Weizenbock, this is even better.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, too smooth on the palate for the ABV.

Drinkability: Again too drinkable, so smooth and the alcohol is so well masked, for 12 to 13% ABV this beer goes down way too easy.

One of my all time favorite beers, this is to wheat beer what Westy is to Belgians, a world class beer all the way around.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I removed the bottle cap too quickly-- and the bottle conditioned beer sprang alive bursting forth hoping to put on it's own volcanic display. And this bottle has been sitting still for a week.

Pours a hazy red-amber with a short lived head... The decaying head emitted the sound of bursting bubbles as it sank from whence it came.

No lacing on my glass.

A small nose of sweet malt and predominant yeast with a hair of alcohol.

The flavor was what made this beer worth the while. A strong hops and yeast intertwined with the sweet of malt. It was like barber pole spiral-- at one moment I'd say hops, then at another yeast of some sort, then at another malt. Over all the flavor is a robust up front and center- that captures one's attention.

A long finish that ends with a bitter hops note and tingles the palate.

Mouthfeel is "alive" the effervescence and the lingering reverberant flavor make for an engaging taste experience.

Drinkability is in my opinion hampered by the high ABV, but to be expected from an EISBOCK. If you're not expecting to get much done after the sitting-- enjoy a few bottles. I'm going to hunt for a few more of this delectable libation.

Photo of niklas0770
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks very promising I must say. It's a dark brown liquid with some red tones in it, very hazy of course. The head quickly fades to leave next to nothing on top.

The smell is sweet with some roasted malts, butter, a hint of cherry, hints of wet grass and some alcohol.

It starst off with a dry kind of sweetness wich evolves into cherry and raisins. Then comes a hint of sourness, green apples perhaps... After that there's some lime peel, wet grass and quite a bit of alcohol. Except for the alcohol it's a excelent mix wich i didn't expect.

The mouthfeel is creamy in the beggining, almost like must and it ends with a dry aftertaste. The alcohol is present through the whole experience.

This is a hearty beer and the alcohol is a bit to much for my taste. It will take me a while to finish this one...

Photo of sfprint
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber brown in color with sediment flakes floating about like a hippie lamp.

S: Smashes your nose with alcohol! Then comes the malt. Woody and sweet.

T: Very malty, but somewhat sweet and alcoholiic as well.

M: Smooth for something so high in alcohol.

D: Great for the alcohol content. I could have several it wasn't for the "getting me too drunk" factor.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip glass. The pour versus final fill is interesting. Pours a medium to light colored caramel color, head starts forming imediately! The great thing in appearance is as it fills the glass, it ends up being a very dark brown color. Head is very large, creamy, fizzy...and has great retention. Leaves a thin, yet solid coting of lacing around the glass. As the head dissapates, it remains for a while as a thin surface of cream.

Aroma is great! Sharp, spice, sweet, and smooth! Booze is noticable in the nose. Heavy malts...resembles a solid Belgian strong dark ale.

Smooth, full bodied...and creamy! Wow, this has a great mouthfeel. Booze definitely hits late, but hard. Has a very warm slide down the throat. Big collaboration of honey, toffee, and fruits...although, I'm having trouble picking out the exact fruits. Overall, through the syrup like texture, it's mostly sweet and malty...no real bitterness to speak of, and definitely a great eisbock!

Photo of danadeny
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying a rare gravity keg, aged, verison of this beer at Maxs in Baltimore. It pours a hazy, thick, light chocolate brown body and off white creamy head. Smells of bananas, and sour funk mostly. Tastes of mild malt at first, followed by sweet banana, and a mellow hint of alcohol. The real flavor comes at the end where the sour funk and acidity hit you taste buds instead of hopps. The funk is not bad though, think of a mild lambic or farmhouse sasion. This of it this way, the beer still has balance, close to perfect balance when you concider the alcohol and sour funk flavors goin on. Mouthfeel is smooth from the natural cask. Drinkability is average for a beer of this style. This is a pint or two type of beer, not an all night'er.

Photo of keithmurray
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2OZ bottle into a chalice

Beer pours a dark copper color, some beige head that didn't linger for very long, bits of sediment float around in this one as well.

Smell is a pleasure, smells like red wine, raisins, plums, grapes and jamaican rum

taste - somewhat mimics the smell, rich dark fruits such as plums and raisins dominate as well as brown sugar

Mouthfeel is excellent, nicely carbonated beverage, thick and hearty, I just want to sip and enjoy this one

Drinkability - at 12%, not going to throw back 5 or six of these (plus too expensive for that anyways), but this one that i'm sitting back and enjoying is truly a pleasure, you wouldn't know that this beer checks in at 12%ABV

Photo of dqrull
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, hazy brown with a much more prominent head than was expeted considering its ABV. The head looks really creamy, slightly beige and lasts for a few minuts before diminishing to a firm lid om the liquid.

Smells huuuge of bananas! Banana-candy and sweet rather heavy alcohol-aroma to it, reminds me of a banana-liqour I once tried. Although the bananas are very much in your face, there are lots of spicy and herbal notes, I get thyme and coriander the most, but also a hint of rosemary and a little cinnamon, really a unique nose!

Very heavy flavours here. An initial banana-sweetness coupled with some other fruits, a light hint of dried figs and green apples, a very broad fruitiness. All the while there are all these herbal notes treading along (cloves, thyme, rosemary and some white freshly ground black pepper) which makes for a very special drinking experience. It's not hard to relate to a normal weissbier, but here al the flavours are so much more pronoounced, and some minor hints that are really hard to find in normal-strength weissbiers are easier to get here, and they are enjoyable for sure. The beer finishes of with a sweet banana, a really clean banana flavour to be honest, really nice. The beer is really sweet throughout the whole tasting, and the alcohol is a little too much at times, not really balanced out, might be the eisbock-techniques doing, never tried one before.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, really syrupy and cloying, I usually dont have a problem with that if the beers massiveness can balance it out, but I dont get that here.

Photo of srandycarter
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola brown, small tight bubbled tan head leaves fast to ring. Not much lace.

S - Rich and deep. Cooked dark fruits, BOOZY as all get out, rich malt. A little banana and cotton candy there too.

T - Tropical fruits, rum all over a deep layer of sweet malt, followed by a nice bitter end.

M - Creamy, well carbed, near perfect balance. Thick and heavy body.

D - Are you kidding? Palate and liver killer. One is nice, though.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Light to dark brown body with little to no head. Huge lacing

S- Alcohol, Grape, Lots of dark ester, sugar sweetness

T- This taste a lot like a ruby port with lots of grape, low carbonation, and it does have some complexity as the beer warms and the palate adjusts.

F- Drinks with a nice alcholol sting

D- (non-session) I would enjoy having this beer anytime. It is balanced and eisbocks are what helped get me into the game of craft beer. Mmm such nice grape flavors and complexities. Seek out if you have not tried it.

Photo of backfat
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark, ruby red/brown with a quickly dissipating tan head that flows like a waterfall in my bud's pilsner. the smell is sweet prunes and lots of ruby port. liquorice, alcohol, and lots of plums overwhelm the nose with a sugary sweetness with faint backrounds with soft english malt. the taste starts with a coating grape tartness that engulfs the mouth in a syrup like manner. high alcohol warmth, banana, dark rum, and caramel spices. probably an after dinner sipper in my opinion because of the high ABV, heavy mouthfeel, and sugary maltiness, but still a great treat. thanks tippebrewcrew2.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is long-necked 33 cl brown. The purple label got som silver writings. Looks neet and clean.

A: Murky brown with hits of red. Head is thick and creamy off-white and really large. It stays for a long time and leaves some lacings after dissipation.

S: Rich sweet malt with lots of dark dried fruits; cherries and plums. The wheat gives it a banana-smell. A bit flowery.

T: Sweet malt in great harmony with wheat. Dark dried fruits as well as banana. Very well balanced.

M: Full body and mild carbonation. A warm feeling from the alcohol (obviously). Aftertaste is long and sweet, well balanced.

D: This is a really great beer. I put some bottles in my cellar - I think it will be even better in a couple of years.

Photo of alkemy
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda dirty rusty brown color with a pretty thin off white head. Smells of raisins, alcohol, plums, and banana...sweet and boozy. Taste is much the same except that I get some clove in the taste that was missing in the aroma. No hop presence can be detected. Lots of sweet doughy, sugary malts. This is just too sweet for me. Nice thickness and the feel is quite smooth going down. It's just sweet to the point of overkill.

Photo of kirkpjr
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a slightly thick murky caramel color. Reminds me of the color of muddy pond. One finger of off-white head.

S: Lots of bananas and cloves here. A slight Belgian yeast smell. Reminds me most of a hefe style smell. Dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Also some sweet spice here.

T: Sweet dark fruits dominate the taste. Some of the spice and cloves come through as well. Warming taste, with the alcohol noticeable as you swallow.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. The cloves and yeast lingers on the palette.

D: Very hot beer. I would like to taste this one with a few years on it. Fresh though, one is plenty for me.

Photo of rapidsequence
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from Beer Run. $4.99.

Appearance: A nice dark brown that becomes bright red when held to the light. Mostly clear. A light brown head that disappears quickly leaving a little rim and some spots on the surface. When you take a sip, a curtain of lace forms, but the thick legs pull it back into the beer.

Smell: Clove, a little banana, dark fruit. Bready. No detectable ethanol, but a little whiff of solventy fusels. A little earthy, musty sourness is noted too.

Taste: Thick with sweet maltiness. Lots of clove here. Fruity again with dark fruit, but less banana. Ethanol is tasted some, as are some fusels, but not too much. No hops flavor or bitterness, but alcohol does give a little bite. Finish is long, sweet, bready, and fruity. My stomach is hot with booze.

Mouthfeel: Pretty sticky. A lot of carbonation. Makes me say, wow thats a lot of carbonation. Not too much though.

Drinkability: Really interesting. Pretty complex flavors and smell. Hot though-- the boozy, solventy aspects get to be a little much. A good one to share--12%. I'm going to cellar one.

Photo of breakchair
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Nice head on this one with strong aroma of raisins and alcohol. Mouthfeel is really great--it's thick like a cough syrup, in a good way. Great winey aftertaste, too. Doesn't have the spice and clove flavors of Schneider Aventinus, but it tastes like a condensed version of that beer. Thick and glorious.

Photo of rarbring
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark brown brew with a persistent beige head leaving some lacing and a curtain.

The smell is ripe with sweet dried fruits, cheese, sour creme, sherry, port and dusty old wet hay. Yummy complexity!

The taste is equally complex as the smell, sweet malty beginning. A dry course feeling of ripe cheese. Licorice, burning spices, bitter cherry seeds and yeast.

Rather well carbonated, an oily and spirited feeling with a dry aftertaste.

This beer contains so much that it needs to be savored by it's own.

Photo of Long813
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: 09.180 1 2920
From LCBO, 500ml

G: Chalice

A: Dark cloudy redish/brown body. Huge initial light mocha head, but it's so carbonated (much like soda) I hear the bubbles pop and the head dissipates into a ring around the glass within minutes. Good lacing is left behind though.

S: Sweet dark fruits, yeast and notably plums. Very pleasant smell, nothing overpowering and not alcohol notes.

T: Much like the aromas, but plumbs and yeast are the most dominant here. That dark plum sweetness and yeast funk make this great. Sweet malts are also evident.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with high carbonation. Makes for a very foamy texture and leaves a sweet fruitiness after each drink. It so carbonated it reminds me of a soda. Not that it's a bad thing though.

D: This is fantastic. The mixture of flavours are well balanced. I could drink this plenty of times. Tastes like the non eis version but with more pronounced flavours and hotter.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into the proper Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with red hue. Thick light tan head.

S: Alcohol, spices, clove.

T: Rich malty flavor. Clove and banana. Dark fruits, rum, very spicy finish.

M: Full bodied, not as syrupy as I expected.

D: A very interesting brew. Very concentrated and bold flavors.

Photo of Stavage
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Leffe goblet, got a very thick and bubbling light tan head, which seemed to bubble away as if it were in a cauldron. Retention was good and I was left with a thick sticky lacing. The body itself was a very dark and murky burgandy with some very thick sediment lurking down the bottom.

The scent was very sweet malt, like ripe and dried dark fruits mixed together. There was also a definite phenolic character, more on the clove side of things along with just a plain wheat grain goodness.

Taste was dominated at first by sweetness, like dried plums and raisins. Other malt flavours followed though, toffee, caramel, rum etc. A tannin tartness at the back balanced things out along with clove spiciness and a wheat graininess. There is a very faint hops bitterness but it only makes a cameo. As it starts to warm down a smooth wild honey flavour becomes noticeable.

Very fullbodied drink, thick and syrupy. Decent carbonation which was noticeable when I thought about it, but it blended in with the spicness otherwise. Definite alcohol warming, but no alcohol burn.

For a strong and potent beer this was very drinkable. A very enjoyable sipping beer overall, I'm looking forward to exploring the style of Eisbock after this one. My only complaint was that it was a little too sweet for me, almost cloying to my palate. I thought it exhibited some very complex flavours but after a while the sweetness was just overloading my buds.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (2009 10410) poured into a Hefeweizen glass. Could not get all the sediment in.

Appearance: Just like Aventinus - hazy rich red-brown color. Persistent foam across the top about 1/8" thick. Plenty of carbonation bubbling up through the glass.

Smell: Cloves, Vanilla - but sweeter. Some faint alcohol notes at the end of the inhale.

Taste: Pleasantly sweet but balanced with the spiciness of the cloves. Rich in spicy flavors but a sweetness dominates - syrupy but not cloying. Towards the end of the swallow the alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation on the tongue - but that spiciness is there again...makes me wonder if the tingling is the beer or the carbonation. Thick, but goes down smooth, and coats the mouth.

Drinkability: Best with a meal - the alcohol gets noticeable after awhile, but it doesn't hurt this sipping beer. I think it like the original better, but this was an enjoyable brew. I do wonder how this beer would have been if I had gotten more of the sediment in, but if the whole purpose of this beer is the fact that it's frozen off the original, then maybe having the sediment out is best.

Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Poured a dark brown color with a fizzy one finger tan head. The head settled out pretty fast and formed a thin ring around the outside of the glass. Didn't leave much lacing as I drank it.

The smell is malty and sweet with a lot of dark fruit aromas. There are notes of sweet raisins, plums and cloves with a little banana as well. The taste has a lot of the same flavors present in the nose with dark fruit, an almost candy sweetness, cloves and banana. It also has a little alcohol present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very delicious but the alcohol is noticeable making it a little less drinkable. Overall a very good tasting and smelling beer. It could have had a little better head retention and a little less carbonation in my opinion, but still an excellent beer.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep ruby/brown, slightly cloudy with a nice head that hung out for a while, yet left little lacing

Smell: Cloves, and dark fruit - raisins & prunes

Taste: Up Front: Alcohol bite, cloves, and other spices. Finish: Banana, raisin, clove, caramel, sweet malt - very complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body, and smooth. This is 12% abv??? I never would have guessed. Having said that, the carbonation is also higher than expected, but still on point

Drinkability: I am savoring every sip!!!

Overall Impression: This beer is essentially a concentrated version of Aventinus Weizenbock. The flavor is intense and the incredible finish just keep going and transforming. Seriously, I did not think it could get any better than their Weizenbock, but I stand corrected. Hey, sometimes it feels good to be wrong ;)

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,180 ratings.